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to beat president obama. a look at the war in afghanistan. now the longest war. how do we get out? does obama's policy differ from president bush's and what is the effect for generations to come? joe and mika and willie join in the conversation later this hour. we begin with the debt crisis. they are trying to make a deal on the deficit. houses of congress are rolling out separate compromises to safe off a default. harry reid is meeting with mitch mcconnell to craft a solution to appeal to both parties. according to reports, this would do the following. it would allow the debt ceiling to be raised three times for a total of $2.5 trillion. in exchange, some $1.5 trillion in spending cuts would be enacted. the plan would be established to identify new deficit cuts. proposal, already, getting a lukewarm response from the fellow republicans. among them, the freshman snar mark arubio and tom coburn. take a listen. >> it gives the president the ability to raise the debt limit. the debt limit isn't the problem. the problem is the debt. the plan, as outlined to me isn't a credible solution. >>
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and ultimately afghanistan. this is the first attack in three years. we saw what happened last time. there was restraint by the indians. but indian diplomats tell me with the next attack they may not be restrained if they find out that it did emanate from pakistan. >> that's right. they have been cautious to point blame until they have more facts. the fact that it was simultaneous attacks. this dazy chain operation of the facts three at a time, and the fact that this was done in mumbai the financial capital of india. that really has the attacks from three years ago in november of 2008. >> these other pakistani groups. pakistani groups that have been linked to pakistan's government. they're not just separate terror groups. they are groups that are closely connected with elements inside pack tan ji intelligence. we should point out we don't know. early reports can be deceiving. there's always a lot of suspicion because there is paranoia in islamabad and mumbai and new dele. american officials have long complained that pakistan doesn't focus enough on its terror groups and focuses too
in afghanistan and outrage over the obama administration's handling of a somali terrorist. they say the department of homeland security is warning air carriers it has new intelligence suggesting terrorists are looking to board flights with surgically implanted explosive devices. the transportation safety administration declined to be that specific, but he acknowledged the new warning. >> the information we have shared concerns information that has been obtained by the u.s. government that describes a new technique to circumvent our current screening protocols around the world or in the u.s. i'll leave it at that. >> u.s. officials are declining as of yet to tell us the exact origins of this new intelligence, though pistole says they're trying to adapt it to improved security screening efforts. >> we see this as the latest evolution of what terrorist groups were trying to do to circumvent our security layers and to perhaps defeat our societal norms. >> more on that story a bit later tonight. >>> also tonight a highly unusual terrorism apprehension and investigation is drawing critici
. >> he was one of the most influential men in afghanistan. he was president of kandahar provincial council and of course half brother to the president of afghanistan and that gave him additional power. people in kandahar said you couldn't get anything done without going through him. his brother the president of afghanistan said his death is a reflection of the suffering of the afghan people. but l he was plagued by allegations throughout his political career that he was corrupt. and that he was also involved in the drug trade. these are allegations he denied. but those allegations floating out there serve to undermine u.s. and nato effort to create a stable government in afghanistan. and it also comes at a very bad time as the u.s. tries to draw back soldiers from afghanistan. highlighting the success they have had militarily in kandahar and in helman professor since. his death shows instability still exist ins those areas. this is abc news, afghanistan. >>> it was in afghanistan that one soldier displayed great courage and today president obama annualed his sacrifice. >>
operatives in yemen and somalia than all of afghanistan. >> you they very well be right about the numbers. a formal affiliation with the call core in the tribal areas. these groups have always seen some strength in the alliances. where you see instability in places like libya and yemen and syria, you worry about al qaeda and its affiliates. in chaos, they can take advantage of that situation, those ungoverned spaces to recruit, train and plan. so all of these governments in chaos represent a threat for us. >> there's a new head of the international counterterrorism center. what do you know about matt olson? >> he's a career guy. he's worked across different disciplines. he served both at the fbi then and also later at the justice department and the national security decision. well respected by law enforcement, gained some national security and intelligence experience over at the department. don't know about his relationship with the president, but that's less important than the counterterrorism center. as a career official, heel have that. so he's probably a pretty good choice. >> a follo
is meeting with his afghanistan team today what is that about? >> it's the changing of the guard. the beginning of the drawdown this month in afghanistan. he's got the new secretary of defense leon pan net that in the office with him. ryan crocker who was on friday, confirmed as the newest ambassador to afghanistan. new players who are going to help make the decisions that the president is going to be making over the next several months and maybe years, having to do with the numbers of troops in place and the relationship between the united states government and the government of afghanistan. >> all right, tim, good stuff to look forward to today. >>> how would you like to wake up to $11 billion this morning? it happened at a temper overseas. we're talking about ancient buried treasure. find out exactly what was found after this quick break. >>> if you're up this early today, could be your special day. tuesday, july 5th is national workahol workaholics day. 16 minutes after the hour. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. fiber one. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's fo
as the u.s. is pulling out of iraq and afghanistan. >> reporter: well, just take a look at what's happening in baghdad today, jon. you have the iranian vice president who's arriving with a high profile delegation to baghdad to meet with iraqi prime minister nor i al-maliki, a fellow shia muslim, they're trying to build relations, and listen to senators joe lieberman and lindsey graham, who just returned from afghanistan: >> the biggest nightmare for the ayatollahs in iran is to have a democrat -- democracy in iraq and afghanistan on their borders so yes, they're helping the taliban, they're trying to react to debate that shia are trying to bring down democracy, they're trying to undermine their efforts. they're responsible for material coming into both countries that are killing not only american soldiers but the rec -- iraqi and afghan people. >> they've got the blood of a lot of people on their hands, including the hundreds of americans who have been killed in iraq as a result of iranian training and equipping of extremist militias. >> reporter: but i just asked general david rodriquez, w
of afghanistan and iraq. >> the republicans we have on the show say they are open to the loophole cuts. are they? >> tom coburn is. he provides a lot of cover. >> i was wondering what mike was quoting. how many pages can you get read in the seventh inning stretch? >> it's in between innings. it's the entire game. >> the tough thing for president obama, he's going to say he will extend the deadline, if it looks like a deal is coming together. this, to me, is the difficult part. if all he had to deal with was the senate, i have no doubt in the next week you would have a deal that would work. the house is difficult. he's going to need to know from nancy pelosi and john boehner the votes are in place. today, not even close to that. >> you will lose 100, maybe 120 republicans right out. if you get most of the democratic caucus and boehner pulls in 100 republicans, it gets done. it's up to the democrats. i think boehner can get 100 republicans. can pelosi get 120 democrats? >> right. okay. we are going to get to bill karins on the heat in a minute. before we go, new developments in the hacking scandal
vowed to investigate whether phone hackers targeted 9/11 victims. >>> thousands turn out in afghanistan for the funeral of ahmed wali karzai. the president went openly during that burial. climbing inside the grave to help move his brother's body at one point. karzai was mureded yesterday by a trusted family guard. on the way to the the funeral two roadside bombs was the target but no one hurt. >>> a second memorial service tonight in michigan for betty ford who died friday at 93 was mourned at funeral services yesterday in palm desert, california. among those attending first ladies rosalynn carter and michelle obama and nancy reagan and former president george w. bush was also there. >>> the national league in the all-star game won for the second year in a row. the brewers prince fielder got mf honomvp honors for this home. 14 minutes past the hour. now here is chris. >> the game has to mean something. a blistering heat wave from texas all the way to the east coast. while parts of the northeast which got hit with triple digit temperatures yesterday will finally see some relief today. cb
the morning off. >> we've got a lot of news this morning, including some breaking news out of afghanistan. >> that's right. we begin there where afghan president hamid karzai's half brother was found shot to death at his home. ahmed wali karzai was the provenÇal council chief of kandahar. he suffered gunshot wounds to his head and chest according to hospital officials. a spokesman for kandahar's government said a guard killed karzai. the taliban says -- >> we've seen the worst so far. excessive heat warnings and advisories posted in 23 states. the heat in many areas could reach 115 degrees. the heat wave is being blamed for one death in madison county, illinois. in oklahoma it was so hot, that part of a highway buckled. look at that. motorist was hospitalized after his bike hit the buckled pavement. in arkansas several communities have opened cooling centers. good rule of thumb in tis heat whatever you're doing don't overdo it. >> if you're going to go outside in heat like this better be drinking a lot of water before you come out. make sure you have some substance in your stomach or you
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in afghanistan. the afghan army is short-staffed and learning to shoot as the u.s. tries to leave what a cnn crew found out on patrol in the mountains. >>> i'm ali velshi. nasa about to retire its shuttle program after friday's final launch. the space agency now looking into its past to help make a transition into its future on this "american morning." good morning. it's wednesday, july 6th. i'm christine romans. >> gla we are still talking about the casey anthony trial. what happens now? she could be a free woman tomorrow at her sentencing. committed on murder charges. after six weeks of testimony, nearly 11 hours of jury deliberations, it was not the courtroom climax that many seem to be expecting. >> as to the charge of first-degree murder, verdict as to count i, we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. as to the charge of aggravated child abuse, verdict as to count ii, he w, the jury, found the defendant not guilty. as as to the aggravated manslaughter of a child, count iii, we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. >> wow. the look on her face. just the look on her face as those count
for wars in iraq and afghanistan. >> reporter: without finding some common ground the u.s. will default which will shake up the financial markets. >> nasty consequence, not just for the united states, but for the entire global economy. because the u.s. is such a big player. >> reporter: the white house says making a deal by the end of the week is crucial in order to meet that august 2nd deadline. now, should the nation reach that debt ceiling, the consequences could be devastating. it -- the brunt being felt by everything from businesses, wall street, financial markets would feel that, so would we, right down to individual households, all interest rates would go up, so it really would result in any sector of the economy. not anyone is talking about that being an actual outcome, that's the good news. >> let me ask you about that, all we hear publicly is how they are not compromising, are you hearing anything privately there is a sense of compromise down the road. >> we're sensing there is a true determination to come to an agreement on this deal because there is no alternative. no, these
withes raised concerns about their star witness. petraeus in kandahar afghanistan told him they exhibit the most yuaningful display of patism possible. he plans the withdrawal of 33,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan by september 2012. hugo chavez made a surprise return home. he's been in havana cuba for several weeks after undergoing emergency surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. former secretary of state condoleezza rice attended today's unveiling ceremony and remarked on the special relationship between the u.s. and britain. margaret thatcher paid tribute. >> they've got a statute and we've got an airport. probably some other things named after him, too. thanks so much for that. the housing crisis have been so painful for so many americans it can be even harder for american families. troops ordered to relocate can face massive losses on the homes they've been forced to leave behind. >> packing up and moving out. this is montgomery's 15th time for the military. but this time it's different as he makes his move to virginia, the financial burden of his north las vegas home will be. co-ing w
murdered him and mutilated his body. so far there is no motive. >>> in afghanistan there's been an explosion at a memorial after the after for the slain brother of hamid karzai. the government says a senior cleric was killed and 11 others wounded. ahmed wali karzai, a powerful political presence in kandahar, was killed this week at home by an associate. president hamid karzai was not at today's service. >>> indian officials say they have no leads in yesterday's deadly bombing in mumbai. three bombs exploded during rush hour killing at least 17 and wounded 131 people. police say there was no warning and no group has claimed responsibility for that. in 2008, terrorists killed 166 people during a siege that lasted several days. >>> u.s. lawmakers have asked the attorney general to investigate rupert murdoch. they want to know if murdoch's company broke any u.s. laws for allegedly bribing police in the phone hacking scandal that forced murdoch to close his largest paper. mean dock pulled the plug on a it is 12 billion business deal. elizabeth palmer has more. >> reporter: it's a sig
over command in afghanistan to marine lieutenant john allen. after 3 years in the military, general petraeus is retiring to take a civilian job as cia director. as for afghanistan, he warns of intense fighting the next 15 months before 33,000 us troops are scheduled to leave the country. >>> in other news of the world tonight from libya there was fierce fighting between rebels and moammar gaddafi forces near the eastern city of port brega. gaddafi forces have placed hundreds ever land mines along the route approaching the town. at least ten rebels were killed fighting today. since last thursday at least 100 have been wounded, many by those land mines. >>> from east africa, calls for help as the world health organization or who, says more than 10 million people are in desperate need of food assistance. who says a drought affecting ethiopia, somalia and kenya is the worst drought to ravage the area in 60 years and a thousand people aday are streaming into refugee camps. save the children says in the effected area in kenna, a quarter of the children are dangerly malnourishished. >>> fr
and the rock group train. >> the troops in its afghanistan war zone tried to celebrate today as best they could. marines cooked up steaks and hot dogs, there was even some independence day cake. they said they tried to reflect on the meaning of this day. >> i have had quite a few days away from home, from the states and it really makes you appreciate the things we enjoy as americans and happy to celebrate but it's a day like any other. work still needs to be done. >> one lance corporal said the food was great and it reminded him of being back home eating hot dogs by the lake. >> for many of us it means fireworks, parades, barbecue and the day off from work. rita williams says how it's also a remind eve of what it means to be an american. >> reporter: there was plenty of patriotism today. ♪ [ music ] >> reporter: faces of some of the people out of 7 billion in the world who call the united states home. >> we are probably the most fortunate on this planet. >> just great to be an american. you can do whatever you want hard work and effort you can achieve whatever you want. >> rep
the pentagon. it's an unscheduled stop for him. yesterday he visited troops and leaders in afghanistan. are you looking at video of his afghanistan visit. he said iraq must provide it's own security and leaders must crack down on armed factions targeting american troops. this as iraq's leaders debate over whether to ask american troops to stay in the country beyond this year. the white house chef of staff confirmed the united states is with holding aid to pakistan. they are with holding back about $850 million in aid and equipment for the army of pakistan. tensions have been on the rise since the raid and killing of bin laden in may. officials have been angry over the incursion into their territory without permission while the white house has been worried about pakistan's ineffectiveness in fighting the taliban and al-qaeda. >> the truth is our relationship with them is complicated. they have been victim of huge amounts of terrorism, but right now they have take especially steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid we were giving and we are trying to work through that. >> als
in america. verizon. built so you can rule the air. now powering the lg revolution. >>> afghanistan could once again become a haven for al-qaeda should the taliban ever return to power there. that is according to the top u.s. commander in afghanistan general david petraeus. as you may know, later this month general petraeus will be stepping down from his role to head the cia and in an interview with fox the general said the military has had a lot of success eradicating militants but cautioned that the job is not over. >> that task has been accomplished but, of course, it is threatened because, of course, the taliban allowed al-qaeda on afghan soil when it ran the country and we believe that there is a high likelihood that that would happen again. >> the general has also said that the military focus will soon shift from taliban strongholds to the boarder with pakistan. >>> capture or kill. that reportedly is the question the obama administration is internally debating when it comes to what to do about wanted terrorists. we all know capturing suspects in the mountains of pakistan or in yeme
budget' get u.s. troops out of afghanistan and out of iraq and speaking of iraq, june has been the deadliest month for u.s. troops in iraq in two years. a fact not lost on the new secretary of defense. >>> a few minutes away from this. barbara, leon panetta will do things his own way and a little bit different. i love this. he is going to bring his golden retriever to work. >> reporter: there is bravo, the wonder dog, who we will introduce everyone to i'm sure the coming weeks and months. bravo is an absolutely gorgeous golden retriever! you see him there with panetta and mrs. panetta at a ceremony. this is just the world's most gorgeous dog! bravo went to staff meetings at the cia, around the secret hallways with the director when panetta was there. he is described by cia operatives as the only dog in washington with a top secret clearance. >> he is a bomb sniffing dog? >> can he do anything cool because he's a cia dog? >> reporter: not that we know of. other than sit around and wag his tail and look at you with these incredible big brown eyes. >> this is all fun and games unt
in afghanistan. catherine herridge picks up the story from here, from washington. so what is the latest? >> reporter: julie, good morning, thank you. since august 2209 federal prosecutor john durham has been investigating the cia detention and interrogation program, this is a second such review of the program, he reviewed the treatment of 101 detainees in u.s. custody and concluded two of the deaths warranted criminal investigation and both of these detainees died while in custody, one in iraq and the other in afghanistan. and really, analysts say the endless litigation could make the u.s. intelligence risk averse when the risk has been more diversified, spreading to al-qaeda franchises in yemen and somalia, as well as the home grown component. >> we want our national security and counterterrorism professionals not to be looking behind their shoulder, wondering whether the next administration is going to second guess their moves that were authorized by law in the doj lawyers, and so i think it's demoralizing, it has been demoralizing for these folks. >> reporter: there's no indication w
say, get those troops out of both afghanistan and iraq and just consider this and iraq, the month of june that has just passed was the most deadly troops in iraq in the last two years. even as that war supposedly winding down, still very deadly and lethal for u.s. troops, as is afghanistan, far from over. >> barbara starr at the pentagon. >>> bill clinton weighing in on the presidential campaign in a one-on-one interview with wolf blitzer. he asked clinton if he fr talks to president obama about re-elected. >> not a lot. he's got plenty to do. he's had to deal -- he's got the afghanistan problem, libya problem, a whole range of other issues. if they want me to do something, i talk. >> you wait for a phone call. >> absolutely. i don't think i should. he knows i support in general what he's trying to do. i'm out here trying to explain it to people, but he's got a good team. you know, i talk to gene sperling from time to time. >> he worked for you? >> he did. he's a good man. i talked to joe biden last week about some of these economic issues, but i think it's important, you know, no
behind, the war in iraq, some said don't try to build a nation in afghanistan. stop spending all this money. when the democrats came in in 2009, they increased every department 10%. if it's 25% the feds are taking and the 12 to 15 the state and local are taking. that's why they are all cutting back. >> pat, pat, pat -- >> you will drive this economy deeper into recession if you put $1 trillion in taxes on it. >> pat, i don't disagree with cutting spending. i'm trying to tell you 70% of how we got into this problem was spending and 30% was cutting spending that we wouldn't afford. it happens to be 70% spending reductions. 30% tax increase. >> this is one place i agree with krugman. mike barnicle should be in this. jobs are the thing. we have to create jobs. how does hammering business with $1 trillion in tax increases when government is going down in size, they created the only jobs. john heilemann. >> just as point of fact -- was about letting part of the bush tax cuts expire after 2012. that's where the revenue is going to come. no tax increase in 2011 or 2012. it was raising ta
. >> four nato service members killed in afghanistan this morning. three died during a roadside bombing in eastern afghanistan. the fourth during a separate nurnt attack. 200 troops have been killed in afghanistan this year. >>> in kabul, general karzai and general petraeus. an unannounced trip there. petraeus is leaving afghanistan to become director of the cia. the senate gets back to work today on talks to raise the debt limit. less than four weeks before the u.s. potentially defaults on its debts. ron johnson of wisconsin was asked if the two sides can agree on whether taxes should be raised. >> i sure think so. there's a growing group of, i think, senate republicans and house republicans that are willing to increase the debt ceiling as long as we actually fix the problem. >> delaware senator chris coons says he thinks an agreement can be reached. >> it's their refusal to consider any increase in revenue that has really stalled the talks so far. i'm hopeful we'll be able to move past that in this week's negotiation. >> an autopsy is scheduled for today to determine if a body that's
news, four nato service members were killed in afghanistan this morning. three died during a roadside bombing in eastern afghanistan, the fourth during a separate insurgent attack. 280 international troops have been killed in afghanistan this year. >>> in kabul, british prime minister david cameron met with afghan president hamid karzai, and with general david petraeus. a u.s. and nato commander and unannounced trip there. petraeus is leaving afghanistan and the army next month to become director of the cia. >>> the senate gets back to work today on talks to raise the debt limit. less than four weeks now before the u.s. potentially defaults on its debts. earlier, chris asked republican senator ron johnson of wisconsin if the two sides can agree this week on the issue of whether taxes should be raised? >> i should think so. i think there's a growing group of i think senate republicans and house republicans that are willing to increase the debt ceiling, as long as we actually fix the problem. >>> and delaware senator chris coons told chris he also hopes a deal can be reached but republi
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battle in washington can be felt all the way to afghanistan. admiral nolan is visiting american troops in kandahar. the first question they had for him, if the government defaults will they still receive their paychecks. >> admiral mullen urged service members to email their senators and representatives. he says the taliban may try to regain lost ground during the islamic period of ramadan, beginning tomorrow. >>> an update to the story we told but yesterday. the military has released this photo of an ak-47 assault rifle. it's one of the weapons obtained from port millton. someone earlier this month, swiped more than two dozen assault rifles. most of which are still missing. an undisclosed number of people have been arrested, but investigators are looking for more suspects. >>> new this morning, four people are dead after two small planes collided over alaska. it happened yesterday, about 80 miles north of anchorage. authorities initially said at least two people were killed, and later announced four confirmed deaths. one of the planes burst into flames on impact, and crashed. the othe
lines of iraq or afghanistan, but how is this for courage? gets online and asks a movie star for a blind date. it's mila kunis and she said yes thanks to justin timberlake who goaded her into it. >> a terrific follow-up. >> we'll talk to his parents about that. only did it in two takes, that's all it took. >>> how about the beauty pageant circuit losing a between after 6-year-old eden wood is hanging up her crown. now, she and her mother tell us why she's really saying good-bye and, lara, you've talked to her a time or two. >> i have. i have. she is something. >>> and is it the beginning of the end for the super group the black eyed peas? we'll find out. what is going -- >> what's going on? >> oh, no. >> sam is back. >> you guys remember when "bert the conqueror" took me on that trip and then shot us out on -- >> sam, sam. >> shot us on the side of the cliff. i've always wanted to did this. a scissor lift outside the studio. 3 1/2, 4 stories up. are you all right? >> yes. >> yes, you operating it is scaring me. willy-nilly. >> he's not breathing. >> aaagh! >> get us lower. get us lower.
dollars in savings from winding down the wars in iraq and be afghanistan. that would raise the debt ceiling enough to get us through 2012, though boehner's would only take us through the end of the year. last night the president and speaker both aimed to put publish pressure on the other. >> there's no symptom of big government more menacing than our debt. break its grip, and we begin to liberate our economy and our future. >> i'm asking you all to make your voice heard. if you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of congress know. >> reporter: enough people did, presumably supporters as well as opponents, that the speaker's web site crashed along with those of a couple of other republicans and at least one democrat. republicans say the president wants a long-term debt ceiling hike to keep it out of his re-election bid. democrats say the bond rating agencies want a long-term hike. a short-term one, they say, would risk a downgrade of this country's credit rating, and that would hike credit interest rates on everyone. jon: the overwhelming number of calls
to the war in afghanistan. he's given on taxes. he mised a huge opportunity in my opinion there. why can't the republicans just open their minds a little bit, give a little bit. go back on a commitment to make something happen. >> obama is wrong. >> he's not wrong. >> he had a $780 billion stimulus. the $700 billion tarp, three deficits for $1.5 trillion. we have the fete pumping in $600 billion. it hasn't worked. and so it hasn't -- if it hasn't worked, cohen calls this a cult. the cult won 63 seats. six months ago. what happened to his party. >> thankfully we didn't listen to republicans on the carr industry without the investment the american people made, we would have lost gm, chrysler, ford, and lost our ability on the global stage too. thank god we ignored the republicans when it came to saving the financial system without it. it was the right thing to do for them to pay them back. but what i want to know, ray torically, is where was the team party when bush ran the debt up. they were absent. this isn't as much political as it is substance. i don't doubt they have considerable repu
to assure that if they are in afghanistan or iraq, the families don't worry about paying the mortgage on time. >> shannon: i understand that might be an area on capitol hill you have bipartisan support. >> yes. absolutely. social security would be covered because that comes from a different fund anyway. you have the social security covered. you can do this as a first priority. i think we should. i don't think people should be worried about payments in the categories where it is a life or death situation. >> shannon: you am quite sure that republicans understand how well it works when the democrat talk about the fact that maybe the checks won't go out. do you think it will take the conversation off the table if it passes? >> it should. we should haven't the president saying he might be able to send social security checks out. he can. of he absolutely can. it's a different fund. they know that. it is a scare tactic. we need to roll up the sleeves and get long-term answers and save social security extending the age three months a year. that is my proposal. we need to make sure people see
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